Moreau Honors Program
Being a Moreau Honors student offers you a chance to join an active and close-knit community of students who work with the most gifted and innovative professors at the College, exploring a curriculum that is as exhilarating as it is challenging. It’s an ideal opportunity for students who are academically driven, intellectually curious and looking to maximize the benefits of their college experience.
Benefits of the Moreau Honors Program
Access to Enhanced Learning Opportunities
Honors Scholars are encouraged to contribute to the intellectual, cultural and ethical life of the College. In exchange, they enjoy many benefits, including:
- Small, seminar-style honors courses capped at 20 students
- Priority registration for all courses
- Participation in honors-specific co-curricular activities and learning opportunities
- Leadership grant opportunities to fund participation at scholarly conferences
- Special transcript notation of honors status
- Recognition at graduation
- Advising by Honors Program Director and honors faculty
- Letters of verification that describe the program and list specific honors coursework completed by the student
How to Apply
Students who wish to be considered for the Moreau Honors Program should provide a statement of interest after submitting their application for admission to the College through the Common Application. The link to submit the statement of interest will be made available in students' Applicant Status Portals.
The Admission Committee works in concert with the Director of the Moreau Honors Program and the Associate Provost in the review and selection of candidates based on their Common Application and supporting admission materials. The Moreau Honors Program draws its members from applicants whose high school experiences demonstrate strong academic, extracurricular, service and leadership qualities. The Committee actively seeks those students who feel as though they will thrive in the close-knit culture described above and who are motivated by the thoughtful, creative, self-reflective and globally minded character of the Moreau Honors Program.
Notification of Acceptance
Students are typically notified of their acceptance into the Honors Program two to three weeks following an offer of admission to the College.
Grant Funds to Supplement Your Honors Work
All Honors Scholars have the opportunity to apply for Moreau Honors Leadership Grants, awarded to support student leadership, research and conference presentations. Recent awards include:
- Funding to attend the 2015 Social Justice Conference in Chicago, Illinois
- Funding for travel to Sardinia, Italy, to help a farmer develop his “agriturismo” through the group Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
- Funding for field equipment for a thesis project titled “Comparative foraging behavior of two generalist tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) species in Belize”
- Funding to help defray costs for the Medical School Application Preparation EXtreme (APEX) program at the University of South Carolina during the beginning of June (APEX is a five day enrichment program that strives to broaden the knowledge and outlook of pre-medical students)
- Funding for travel to present at the Humanities Education and Research Association in Washington, DC, on safe spaces in classrooms for students of color and women in higher education
To graduate as a Moreau Honors Scholar, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses in addition to the Honors First-Year Seminar and the Honors Senior Seminar. Honors Scholars must earn at least 3.50 cumulative and Honors GPAs.
Moreau Honors Scholar Medallion
Students who fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program graduate from the College with the special designation "Moreau Honors Scholar" and receive a distinctive medallion at Commencement to emphasize this status and wear it over their robes.
Graduate schools and employers are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates, those who have distinguished themselves personally and professionally. The status of Moreau Honors Scholar signals uncommon character and academic accomplishment and enhances other achievements featured on a curriculum vitae or résumé.